January 28th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Kennedy endorses Obama: 'I feel change in the air'

Ted Kennedy formally endorsed Obama Monday.

Ted Kennedy formally endorsed Obama Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Edward Kennedy backed Sen. Barack Obama for president Monday, saying: "It is time again for a new generation of leadership."

"It is time now for Barack Obama," the Massachusetts senator and brother of the late President Kennedy added.

He stood with Obama, his son Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his niece, Caroline Kennedy before a screaming capacity crowd of students at American University in Washington, DC.

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  1. Jeremy PA


    January 28, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Richard

    This endorsement is shocking, how can you turn your back on your friends. This action by Teddy is tentamount to a knife in the back to the Clinton's. It will be sweet justice if the Democratic Primary voters and American voters vote with their brains and not be affected by the media or meaningless endorsements. Let us not forget that it was the inexperienced JFK that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Let us not forget it was the nieve and unenlightened George W. Bush that was indifferent to the warnings of 9/11. Last night on 60 Minutes the FBI Agent responsible for interrogating Saddam Hussein quoted the former Iragi leader as having said, "the American System of voting for a President every 4 years was the equivalent to "On the Job Training". The world is watching our country and once again we are demonstrating that the world's last super power has no direction and is following the path to becoming inconsequential. The rest of the world has lost confidence in the US and Kennedy's endorsement is another indication of the future "King having no clothes". Richard

    January 28, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Turn the page of history.

    Following words best describe Obama's campaign theme: Vision, Hope, Character, Good Judgement, Unity, Capability and real change. Come on people, see the light.

    January 28, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Jeremy

    Vote Ron Paul, and help defend and take our country back. But you will probably vote democrate and you want a hand out

    January 28, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Jim G. Bethlehem,pa

    What a joke this endorsement is. The press is tripping all over themselves harping about how much this means. As a former Democratic city chair and officeholder I can only say that our party has been running away from Kennedy's left wing for years. The more they are involved the more elections we lose. At best his endorsement is a wash...

    January 28, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Beverly, Houston, Texas


    You had better get your facts straight. Bilary does know Rezko and has taken money from him. Ignoramus!!!

    January 28, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. brad

    If only Obama could start today because a whole year is a long way off. Who knows what else he would have to fix up. Realistically, it is going to take more than one term to undo the damage done. That's why we need someone to inspire. It can go a long way to encourage people to hope.

    January 28, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Chris in FL

    Sen. Obama aired television advertisements in Florida. The pledge he signed not to campaign in states that do not adhere to the Democratic National Committee calendar includes an explicit prohibition of electronic advertising.

    January 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Latino voter, California

    Obama offers no substance for promising so much change. I would like to take a chance on his lack of experience and hope for the best but we can't risk another disappointing, destructive administration.

    I'm voting Clinton.

    January 28, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Think about it

    I disagree, Proof is in pudding. I can't take any more chances by chosing un-experienced democrat(Obama) to run white house, he is trying to use white house experience as job training. Think about it, would you hire untrainned personnel and take chances by training him,or would you rather have experienced professional to do the job. I would prefer experienced professional to do the job, so I can bring some creativity, innovation, lessons learned into environment and improve processes. we need someone in Washington who got the experience and knows how to run the whitehouse to take us out of the mess that we are in. It's great to have someone who talks about hope/belief, but we need doer not talker. I think Obama is talker, and he will be puzzled if he enters white house, and does not have experience to run presidency. To give white house to someone who doesnot have experience, does not know how to fix issues that we are facing is very risky, dangerous especially in the situation that we are in, we need someone who got the experience and knows how to deal with our current issues to take us out of the mess. If we give white house to Obama, he will talk about ideals all day long and nothing will be done.

    January 28, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. rainman

    c'mon people. it's a long way to November and Obama has his problems, as do all the candidates. a sober and sane look at the positions, experience and records of each of the candidates would make a lot of sense right now, not just an emotional reaction to some speeches. you guys are acting like a bunch of 14-year-old girls at a boy band concert. seriously. Obama and Hillary are both divisive in their own ways. Edwards has no such baggage, yet he gets shoved aside because he's not the "shiny" candidate.

    January 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. xtina - chicago IL

    Somehow I think that the Kennedys' endorsement of Obama is more "against the Clintons" than it is "for Obama." But whatever. I don't recall in the '04 and '00 campaigns there being this much press coverage of every celeb and prominent politician's endorsements.

    January 28, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Jose

    I want thank the moderator for not showing my blog. You seem to have a habit of doing that. I am a republican, I guess that is why.

    January 28, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Some of the people posting here are beyond amazing. Dredging up things from the far distant past as if that is supposed to reflect on Obama's ability to be President?

    Farrell in Houston you might be surprised to know most of our oil imports are from Canada. Canadians can be pretty funny people but they do actually talk and look like me. Go figure. What this has to do with Kennedy's endorsement of Obama I have no clue.

    Paula of Los Angeles, the Bay of Pigs invasion was initiated by Eisenhower. Kennedy approved the plan once he took office. Some strategists say the plan could have actually worked if the Generals had not cancelled the second and third air strikes. They cancelled the strikes because of "plausible deniability." I'm not sure exactly what issue you have with the Cuban missile crisis. So was Kennedy just supposed to roll over for the Soviets? I guess you want Cubans to have Soviet missiles? Again, what exactly does this have to do with Obama?

    Ted gave his endorsement to Obama. Let the man have his day. All the crying by the Hillary fans shows exactly how divided your party has become.

    January 28, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Bryan

    TO those of you who don't believe that the Kennedy's endorsement is important you are foolish. Obama said exactly why it is important in his speech after Ted spoke: "I know what your support means. I know the cherished place the Kennedy family holds in the hearts of the American people."

    Regardless as to what the Kennedy's are doing in politics today, the Kennedy name is one of great importance and one that carries a lot of weight in America. People may not know much about the candidates but they hear that Kennedy is with one they listen.

    TO end this rant.... Obama will lead this country to a new and greater place. I truely believe in him and his message of Change! OBAMA '08!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Robert

    To all of you Obama supporters:

    Can someone please tell me about his 15-plus years with ties to Antoin "Tony" Rezko. If it were Clinton with these ties you would be all over it.

    January 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Marilyn K

    The Kennedy's have had their day. Ted is long in the tooth and getting short in the grey matter. Ideologies, ideologues and slogans are not going to change a darn thing in DC. Give me a break. Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Obama just ensures that we can expect more of the same old gamesmanship from the Obama campaign. Let's put someone in the White House who knows the rules of the game and has the smarts and tenacity to out maneuver the players. Go Hillary!

    January 28, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Ted

    Kennedy and Kerry best friends of McCain supporting Obama (Hammmmmmmmmm) ... I do not understand this. I think they won’t HC to lose so McCain have a great chance to win in November backed with military experience and Washington Friends.

    I wonder why Sen. Obama seeks an endorsement from the very thing that he is preaching to change "Washington". Is Kennedy or Kerry part of the change? Aren’t Kennedy and Kerry in a group what Obama calls the past? Where is the CHANGE? Kennedy and Kerry ...

    Go get them HC.

    January 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. veronica lynne

    Unfortunately for Obama, there aren't enough of these ultra-rich white liberals around to put him over the victory line.
    And besides, I thought it was all about the FUTURE!! Then why does Obama want to drag in all these old warhorses like Ted Kennedy and John Kerry?
    How comical, and hypocritical.
    Thank goodness those two did NOT endorse Hillary!
    They are both like an albatross around the neck.

    January 28, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Tina


    The story is in the Chicago Tribune. Yeah they revoked his bond, seems as if he received 3.5 milloan from a company in Lebanon. He's in jail. His trial is to start on February 25th

    January 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Young Liberal

    Keep on whining Clinton supporters!

    Obama 08

    January 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Don

    Obama = First Hip Hop POTUS!

    January 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Mary

    Hey Jared, when you include the link to the photo of Obama on the steps of his new home purchased by Rezko then maybe I'll check out the one with Hillary.

    January 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Jimmy, Oklahoma Feb. 5th

    Another member of the establishment that Senator Obama said was bad. Bobby Kenndy's family all supporter Senator Clinton, but of coarse CNN and Fox will not give Senator Clinton any positive headlines. Also Barqack Obama was in Florida Sunday at a FUNDRAISER like Clinton. Of Coarse again CNN and FOX make it look like Senator Clinton is breaking rules. The only one to do that is Obama has commercials airing in Florida. Senator Clinton is sticking to loclized television in each area there is an Election.

    Noe about RACE The Whites in South Carolina voter accross the fiels giving Senator Clinton the Majority of 36%, Senator Edwards 24% and Senator Obama 21%, he placed third with the other than Black vote. Shows these people voted their hearts and mineds. The Black vote on the other hand went 80% both women and men. This showed they votewd race. NOW WHO IS RACIST IN THIS WORLD> AN ELECTION SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT SKIN COLOR..

    Senator Obama (19%) by polls released today is trailing John Edwards(25%) by 6 points and John trails Senator Clinton(46%) by 21 points

    Senator Obama played the race card in South Carolina. That is Racisimn if I ever saw it. Senator Obama WE DO NOT LIKE YOU>> YOU ARE A PHONY AND YOUTH ARE FALLING FOR B>S> and Blacks are voting for you because of your skin color.. T
    O BAD THAT DOES NOT EFFECT ONES INTELLEGENTS. We do not like you because you will not answer the question ask of you you keep refering to hope.
    I guess we are suppose to hope you can do the job.

    January 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. AJ, IL

    xtina...That's just dumb. Ted is not saying "I going to endorse Obama to spite the Clintons". If you don't recall some of the celebs and politician's endorsing candidates in 2000 and 2004 then you must have been "Bush-wacked"!

    Obama in '08!

    January 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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